1986 Volkswagen Golf GTi 8v (GTi Engineering Conversion)

Lot: 177

Sold for (£): Unsold
Offered for sale is a 1.8L 1986 Volkswagen Golf GTi 8v GTi Engineering Conversion manual that has been with the current owner for the last 5 years. Coming with an extensive history file, this lot's condition scores an impressive 108 / 135.

Classic Car Auctions says:

One of the few remaining VW Golf GTi Engineering Conversions.

GTi Engineering was founded in 1978 by Richard Lloyd. Richard was at that time racing a Golf GTI as well as running Volkswagen GB Ltd's highly successful racing programme which resulted in a hat-trick of British Saloon Car Championship class wins of 1977, 1978 and 1979. These much publicised competition victories contributed very significantly to the successful launch of the Golf GTI in Britain.

From it's inception, GTi Engineering's primary role was the research, development, production and fitting of road-going sports conversions for Volkswagen and Audi cars. These conversions were of course complemented by an impressive range of racebred performance parts and accessories including suspension, braking, transmission, steering, interior and styling conversions, all of which had evolved over the years and, like the engine conversions, continued to be extended and updated. During the late 80's a team of twenty proficient staff handled the day-to-day business at the company's headquarters at the Silverstone racing circuit.

Following its UK launch at the end of the seventies, the Golf GTI was quickly singled out as the cult car - a status it still enjoys today. As a result it has attracted a great deal of special attention from the public and media alike. Keen to foster this special image VAG recognised that, as a 'high profile' company specialising in the marque, with an enviable record in track events and led by an extremely able engineering team, GTi Engineering could do much to maintain and promote interest in this unique car. So in 1982, GTi Engineering were appointed Official Audi Volkswagen Conversion Specialists. Being only twelve miles from the Milton Keynes VAG headquarters they were able to benefit from a mutual exchange of technical information which enabled them to develop modifications very soon after a new model release or sometimes before it's official UK launch.

This particular car was first registered on 13th February 1986 to Michael John Allen, a well known radio DJ at Capital Radio. Being a GTi Engineering conversion, this car is all about the extras!


Lot Details

Registration: C641 PNV RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Year: 1986 Engine size: 1.8L
Make: Volkswagen Odometer reading (miles): 86000
Model: Golf GTi 8v GTi Engineering Conversion MOT expiry:
Warranted: No Chassis number: WVWZZZ19ZGW365725

Vendor Condition Report

Overall: 108 / 135


Bodywork: Glass:
Paint: Chrome:


Zender body kit / Tresor rear body kit.


Door-cards: Carpets:
Seating: Headlining:
Dashboard: Boot:


Recaro heated and electric seats. Involanti steering wheel. Additional boost gauge.


Components: Starting:
Appearance: Running:


1800cc 8 valve, 'Plus Pac' conversion (the customary slam panel plate is missing, as GTi Engineering only started using them on their larger RE engine conversions). The Plus Pac consisted of: gasflowed cylinder head, reprofiled inlet and exhaust valve seats, gasflowed inlet and exhaust manifiold, 40mm inlet valves with improved underhead profiles, 33mm exhaust valves with improved underhead profiles, sports camshaft (276 degree period), modified distributor.

Over time, a new radiator and radiator fan have been fitted.



Gears: Drive-shaft:

Running Gear

Axles: Chassis:
Suspension: Bearings:
Brakes: Wheels/Tyres:


New discs and pads, geometery set-up, new exhaust, new 195/50R15 tyres.


Minor: Major:


Current owner informs us that the car has had a repaired fuel pump relay, the wiring to oil pressure switch has been repaired, a replacement heater matrix and repaired seat electrics.  He has repaired the centre console electrics.

Vehicle History

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Poor Numerous faults / Extensive damage / Many missing parts / Project or donor car
Fair Basic condition / Requires attention mechanically & cosmetically / Some damage / Some missing parts
Good Every-day useable classic car / Driven & enjoyed / Commensurate with age & mileage / Drives and looks as it should / Some vehicle history
Very good Almost pristine / Mechanically & cosmetically sound / Driven only occasionally / Extensive vehicle history
Excellent Pristine / Original / Documented nut & bolt ground-up restoration / Stored professionally / Trailered only / Complete vehicle history